Answers to Questions on PPA Requests for Proposals Posted

Oct 29, 2018

On October 8th, the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade released two requests for proposals (RFPs). Queries on the two RFPs were collected until Friday, October 19th. Answers to queries have been posted and can be found on the RFP page, along with the full RFPs.

Respondents may elect to offer proposals for one or both scopes of work.

Proposal requirements, timelines, and submission protocols are available within the individual RFPs. Respondents should submit their proposals no later than 18:00 Eastern Standard Time on Friday, November 9, 2018.

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PPA Releases Two Requests for Proposals on Key Financial Barriers to Responsible Minerals Trade

Oct 19, 2018

The Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) is releasing two concurrent requests for proposals (RFPs) to support legitimate artisanal and small-scale mining of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa. These two scopes of work are aimed at addressing key financial barriers to responsible minerals trade, specifically to:

  • Conduct research on the roles and barriers to financial institutions in promoting responsible minerals trade from conflict-affected and high-risk areas; and
  • Research, scope, and develop a finance package to support legitimate 3TG artisanal and small-scale mining and complementary (i.e., mining-adjacent) livelihoods.

Respondents should submit their proposals no later than 18:00 Eastern Standard Time on Friday, November 9, 2018. For more information, including the draft RFPs with anticipated timeline, please visit the PPA RFP page.

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New EPRM Call for Proposals; PPA-EPRM Funding Coordination

Aug 17, 2018

The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) launched a new Call for Proposals on August 14. EPRM seeks to support activities to improve conditions in and around 3TG mines and for miners in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, including the Great Lakes Regions. Grants are intended for partnerships with a minimum of two partners, at least one of which must be a company.

EPRM will accept “quick scan” proposals for review and feedback until 14:00 CEST on October 18, 2018, with final, formal proposals due on November 11. A short fact sheet with details is attached and additional information can be found on the EPRM website. EPRM has requested that the PPA share this call for proposals with any interested parties; please feel free to circulate.

RESOLVE and the EPRM secretariat have been exploring opportunities to coordinate and possibly collaborate on projects and funding. As one option, a small group of PPA members will likely to join the EPRM’s advisory committee in early 2019 to review top proposals from this EPRM funding round. RESOLVE is identifying PPA volunteers from the Projects and Resources Work Group and Governance Committee.

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Draft Revised Regional Certification Manual Posted for Comment

Aug 17, 2018

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region’s (ICGLR Regional Certification Manual (RCM) sets standards and procedures for the chain of custody systems in 3Ts and gold in the Great Lakes Region. Six years after its original publication, it is being revised to reflect practical implementation experience, clarify and streamline guidance and processes, and enhance its impacts. A proposed revised manual has been posted for a 60-day public consultation and comment period.

To download the revised RCM and associated Public Consultation Form, please visit the Levin Sources website; both documents are available in English and French. All feedback forms should be submitted to by October 7, 2018.

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IOM Findings on Changes in Exports of 3TG in DRC Artisanal Minerals Sector

Aug 17, 2018

On July 16, 2018, the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade hosted a webinar focused on the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) analysis of trends in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) artisanal minerals sector. Cherif Diallo of IOM presented data on changes in exports of 3TG across several provinces from 2015-2017; a summary of site validation activities and results; a summary of key challenges to responsible sourcing; and recommendations for provincial governments to meet critical needs.

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Save the Date! PPA Member Meeting – October 31, 2018

Aug 17, 2018

Our annual PPA member meeting will be held on October 31, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in Santa Clara, California, ahead of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) conference. We will share updates on new PPA projects and activities, and discuss plans and priorities for 2019 and 2020. We will also receive a briefing from U.S. Government partners on their in-region activities, as well as an update on the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) revision process, which will conclude around the time of our meeting.

For those who also plan to attend the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) conference from October 31 – November 2, you need to register separately for that event.

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Five New PPA Members, Expanded Sector Engagement

Aug 2, 2018

Since the beginning of 2018, five new members have joined the PPA. We are pleased to welcome Global Communities, KEMET Corporation, LG Electronics, Microsoft (a Phase 1 member now rejoining), and Signet Jewelers.

These organizations will bring their experience and expertise to support the PPA’s aim of establishing and scaling up efficient, impactful, and effective minerals due diligence and governance systems in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa to promote economically sound and ethical global supply chains.

With Signet, the PPA expands its membership to the jewelry sector, adding to existing representatives of the electronic, automotive, and aerospace sectors. The tripartite PPA membership includes civil society, government, and companies from Asia, Central Africa, Europe, and North America. The full list of PPA members can be found on our website.

Additional information about each organization can be found on their websites:

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PPA Engagement on the Regional Certification Manual Revision

Jul 13, 2018

The Regional Certification Manual (RCM), the framework by which Great Lakes states integrate and implement conflict minerals policies and practices, including principles of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, is currently under review. As noted in our last member update, as part of the the 10th PPA Alignment Session at OECD in Paris, PPA Governance Committee members and invitees had the opportunity to hear a preview of work by the consultancy undertaking the RCM review, including initial ideas about revisions to bolster efficacy and sustainability of the RCM. The meeting and subsequent PPA Governance Committee and work group discussions also identified several opportunities for the PPA to further engage with the ICGLR and member states and other regional stakeholders. The meeting memo describing potential areas of PPA engagement is now available on the PPA website.

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Major Jewelry Retailer Joins PPA

Jul 13, 2018

We are pleased to announce the membership of the PPA’s first jewelry retailer, Signet Jewelers. Signet joins current PPA private sector members representing supply chains of the electronic, automotive, and aerospace industry based in North America, Europe, and Asia.

David Bouffard, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, explained that Signet Jewelers is “committed to supporting communities beyond the regions where we have sales operations. This includes supporting the development of sourcing of conflict-free gold and diamonds from high-risk, artisanal and small-scale mining sources. We are very pleased to be part of PPA’s efforts in these areas.”

We look forward to working with Signet and exploring additional linkages to the jewelry and gold sectors as part of PPA’s work to support responsible minerals trade in the Great Lakes Region.

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2017 MOU Posted

Jul 21, 2017

The original PPA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will sunset on 21 August 2017. An MoU for a new 5-year partnership – largely based on the original has now been posted.

For continuity in membership, current members should review the new MoU and return the signatory page distributed in a 20 July email from Taylor Kennedy.

Organizations who are considering joining the PPA can find more information about the expression of intent, due diligence process, and MoU here.

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